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Re: Which is the best book to learn photography?

Post by Certvalue111 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:09 am

It's as though photography was too easy to be accepted as an artistic skill, and too busy dwelling within that deficit to be move much beyond it. Therefore most serious photography tends to a set of discrete tasks to perform correctly. That makes it difficult.
here are top 5 photography books that you should read to earn photography
1.Understanding Exposure
2.The Photographer's Eye
3.Learning to See Creatively
4.BetterPhoto Basics
5.The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:30 pm

We love books added with lots of practice. ;-)
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Post by Duck » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:24 pm

"Which is the best book to learn photography?"

The book of hard knocks! :rofl:
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:15 pm

Duck wrote:
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"Which is the best book to learn photography?"

The book of hard knocks! :rofl:
Actually, I fully agree! :thumbup: I've mentioned that as a learner I am a plodder: I have to read, watch, listen, try, screw up, rinse, repeat. The one that has always brought the most clarity is the screwup, or at least the follow-up process to try to assess what went wrong and why. It's a clear case of learning more from failure than success. Everyone has to figure out their own learning style, but ultimately the best teachers are the screwups provided you don't throw the camera in the nearest bin. Like everything else it eventually gets better. :)
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Post by Steven G Webb » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:45 pm

I love written material for technical stuff. It's patient and doesn't mind my re-reading as many times as necessary. I wasn't ever great at taking notes in lecture. Seems I missed what ever instruction came while I was writing the previous information. Nowadays I like video tutorials since I can start, pause and rewind at will. There are visual learners and auditory learners so the written word is preferable to some, pictures to others (I cannot put together IKEA furniture for lack of written instructions).

The astute part of the original question is asking which is good material. Ignorance is not an insult it means simply not knowing. When one is ignorant, they cannot evaluate the quality nor the accuracy of instructional materials. There is a landscape full of instruction particularly on the Internet. Not all of it is solid. I think it is highly valuable to ask of those who've been down that path already for advice. I'm proud to say that this forum lives up to it's name where teaching and mentoring are concerned.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:06 pm

Steven G Webb wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:45 pm
[...] The astute part of the original question is asking which is good material. Ignorance is not an insult it means simply not knowing. When one is ignorant, they cannot evaluate the quality nor the accuracy of instructional materials. There is a landscape full of instruction particularly on the Internet. Not all of it is solid. I think it is highly valuable to ask of those who've been down that path already for advice. I'm proud to say that this forum lives up to it's name where teaching and mentoring are concerned.
Thank you, Steven, for that reminder: if you don't know the data are bad, how do you know the data are bad? I think this is possibly more true of instruction on YouTube than books, but I can't give actual evidence or examples; I just tend to trust books more. Old fashioned? Nevertheless I have seen really, really terrible YouTube stuff, stuff where the production values and narration are so bad that most folks, ignorant or not, would be likely to dismiss it as garbage. But I've also seen stuff that was competently produced but still giving out wrong information. I know it's wrong because I know what's right. But what if you don't? That is a real conundrum in the Age of Unlimited Information; a lot of it is wrong. (N) (?)
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Post by Duck » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:12 am

Charles Haacker wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:06 pm
That is a real conundrum in the Age of Unlimited Information; a lot of it is wrong. (N) (?)

Unfortunately that is so true in just about every area of society, including world news. No one seems to fact check any more. Today's media seems to be a regurgitation of information for the sake of sensationalism rather than truth. It is very evident with the many vloggers who pick up a little bit of information, think it's share worthy for their own ratings and pass it on without even trying to find out if the information was true in the first place.
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:51 am

I think most people need a bit of technical advice to get them going but at a certain point it's up to you to find your style. S-
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:46 pm

Steve, You never find your style, what does happen is the more you work, the more you ask yourself questions, the more you practice, style shows up and finds you.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:17 pm

the more you practice, style shows up and finds you.

Ernst, Thanks. That is extremely helpful. More like a zen approach than the Ponce de Leon one. I will write this down on the palm of my hand. Matt
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